Courageous Color

The final watercolor painting from Courageous Color with Eleanor Lowden Pidgeon.
The final watercolor painting from Courageous Color with Eleanor Lowden Pidgeon.

The versatility in watercolors, especially for painting in landscapes, is too great to be ignored, but sometimes can leave us wanting more intensity than transparent colors provide. Enter Eleanor Lowden Pidgeon with a bold approach to watercolors, instead going for opaque colors to create a fall landscape that rivals the saturation of any oil or acrylic painting, but with all the advantages of watercolors.

This courageous approach starts off, interestingly, with a black and white photograph, but that, says Eleanor, frees us from trying to recreate only what we see, and instead, provides a chance to build a strong underpainting, full of color. From there, she demonstrates layering and blending, and other color mixing methods right on the surface that pull the painting together in a harmonized, beautiful fall scene.

You can preview Eleanor’s painting techniques below and at Artists Network TV, where you can also access the full-length video, materials lists, reviews and more! 

 

–Vanessa


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